Palmetto defensive lineman David Belvin commits to Florida Atlantic

PALMETTO -- Florida Atlantic had been committed to getting David Belvin to Boca Raton since the spring, Thursday, the Palmetto defensive lineman decided to commit to it.

Belvin, a senior captain for the Tigers, verbally committed to FAU, choosing the Owls over offers from Florida A&M, Appalachian State, Marshall and Kent State. The defensive lineman took his first visit to Boca during the summer and made another trip to the campus last month.

"I pretty much liked the way the program is set," Belvin said, "and I feel like if I go down there, I can make it a better program."

FAU first made contact with Belvin during spring football, making several trips to Palmetto to watch Belvin before his senior season. As a junior, Belvin was named to the Herald's first-team All-Area after recording 61 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks.

This year, facing constant double teams, Belvin has racked up 47 tackles, 16 tackles for a loss and six sacks with two games left to play. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound lineman also has forced one fumble, recovered another, blocked a punt and recorded as a safety. Belvin also caught a touchdown as a tight end during Palmetto's loss to Manatee this season.

Belvin typically plays strong-side defensive end for Palmetto, which plays Venice for second place in Class 5A-District 11 and a playoff berth Friday at Powell-Davis Stadium in Venice.

Belvin cannot make his commitment to the Owls official until National Signing Day on Feb. 3, but he will take an official visit Dec. 4. FAU, which competes in Conference USA, is 1-6 this season. The Owls start a freshman and junior at defensive end and have one senior in the rotation at the position.

"They committed to me," Belvin said, "trying to get me into the program."